Running Between The Lines

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

There and Back Again: A Runner’s Tale

So far in my life, I have competed in the 3000m Steeplechase at the USATF Outdoor Championships twice. The first time was in 2013. I was coming off a huge break-out junior year at Cornell where I set a 23 second PR of 9:50 and finished 4th at the NCAA Championships. Although by the time I got to USAs I was pretty burned-out as a result of the long and rigorous collegiate season, I was still in the best steeple shape of my life, both physically and mentally. I had run under 10:00 in each of my 6 steeples that…
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Stay The Course: Part I

One of my family's all time favorite movies is The Patriot, a historical fiction war film set during the American Revolutionary War. During any given family gathering, it's not uncommon to hear one or more quotes from the movie tossed out: "A dog is a fine meal", "If I die, I will die well dressed", "Very well, it's nice horse blanket", "Damn him! Damn that man!". Our favorite quote, though, is more than simply a one-liner meant to get a good laugh. This quote, though only a brief three word phrase, has become something of a mantra for us, one that…
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New Year’s Resolutions: 2017

Cliché or not, a new year is beginning, and that means it's time for resolutions. After looking back on 2016 and analyzing my training (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), I have come up with my four running-related New Year's resolutions for 2017: Make time for recovery Live and eat more healthily Get more sleep Don't fight the taper! (more…)
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Fall 2016: The Leaves Changed, And So Did I

Well, I did it again. I dropped off the face of the Earth for an absurd amount of time. My bad. It’s not that I didn’t want to write or even that I didn’t remember to write. There were several times in the last few months where I physically sat down at my computer with a blank word document open in front of me, totally ready to let the words flow, only to have something else pull away my attention before I could get through the first sentence. But as frustrating as that was, the majority of the time that…
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Marshal Your Ambition

“He wanted to impart some of the truths Bruce Denton had taught him, that you don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials. When I was little my Dad would help me with my math homework. He would sit with me for hours helping me understand what I had gotten wrong and, more importantly, why I had gotten it wrong. There was…
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Rabbit Running Apparel: Born to Run Free

In a race, the rabbit is the one who sets the pace. The rabbit is the one who leads the way, the one that all other runners rely on and key off of. On the surface, it seems that the rabbit's job is simple: run the correct splits and bring the race through in the agreed upon time. But in reality, there is so much more going on, so much more that the rabbit needs to consider. The rabbit needs to be comfortable. If they aren't smooth and relaxed, the runners behind them won't be either. The rabbit needs to be efficient. They…
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Never Settle

“Good things come to those who wait.” The following are snippets from actual email correspondence I had with the recruiting coordinator at a professional running group the summer after my senior year. Recruiter: "Hello my name is _____ and I am the recruiting coordinator at _____. We have a professional running group here called _____. We are interested in talking with you about running post collegiately." Recruiter: "...our club provides room, board, physio, domestic travel, and we have no shoe sponsor so our athletes are encouraged/allowed to secure any sponsorship they can!" *I expressed to them that, while I was absolutely flattered, it…
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Bent But Not Broken

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung I'll be honest, the weekend after my disastrous race at the Stumptown Twilight meet, I was seriously regretting John and mine's decision to go watch the Olympic Trials. Obviously we still ended up going, but even as we boarded our flight out to Portland, I still wondered if we had made a mistake. Although the main purpose of the trip truly was to celebrate our impending marriage, I would be lying if I said a part of me wasn't hoping that I…
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Mr. and Mrs. Track Nerd

Beaches. Fine dining. Tours of ancient cities. Stays in exotic hotels. Luxury. Relaxation. These are things that most newlyweds encounter on their honeymoon. Sweaty runners. Bleacher seats. College dorm rooms. Throngs of people. Cafeteria food. The deafening roar of a crowd. These are the things that await John and I on our pre-wedding honeymoon: the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. And we couldn't be more excited. (more…)
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